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Project Manager, System Transformation and Capacity Building

November 29 2021
Categories Project Management, Business Analysis, Education, Library, Education, Training, Public Sector, Education, Library, Project management, Business analysis, Govt., NPO, Social & Community work, Govt., NPO, Social & Community Work
Mississauga, ON

Project Manager, System Transformation and Capacity Building
One (1) Contract Position (Two (2)-year contract, with the possibility of renewal)

If you're a project management expert with experience in implementing anti-racism policies and equitable practices to reduce disparities, the Peel District School Board (PDSB) invites you to bring your skills and expertise to this special career opportunity.

The Peel District School Board (PDSB) is a racially, culturally and linguistically diverse board that serves 155,000+ students and approximately 17,000 employees. In PDSB, 87% of students are racialized, non-white, representing 162 different ethnic backgrounds. Students in Peel have 121 different first languages. Student diversity also exists in terms of gender and gender expression, sexuality and in terms of ability and faith. A responsive and empathetic understanding of the lived experiences of the students and communities we serve is vital to those who will take on leadership roles within the PDSB. The workforce consists of teachers, office staff, custodial staff, education assistants and professional staff. The workforce is largely unionized through PDSB's numerous affiliated bargaining agents.

Reporting to the System Superintendent, Leadership and Capacity Building, you'll manage and provide leadership on a variety of systemic initiatives connected to the multi-year strategic plan, the Ministry of Education's Directives, and other special projects as part of the commitment to equity, anti-racism, anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, and anti-oppression to dismantle all forms of systemic inequities.

As Project Manager, System Transformation and Capacity Building, you'll be responsible for the strategic planning, tracking, reporting, executing and finalizing project goals, timelines, milestones, and deliverables; developing full-scale project plans and associated communications documents, and identifying and managing project dependencies and critical path. You'll also set and continually manage project expectations and subsequent changes in project scope; develop, compile, and deliver various progress and board reports, proposals, documentation and presentations, and determine the frequency and content of status reports from various stakeholders as you follow up, analyze results, and troubleshoot problem areas. In addition, you'll identify potential crises and devise contingency plans, and define project success criteria and disseminate them to involved parties through the project life cycle.

Leveraging your excellent interpersonal skills, your duties in this unique position will include effectively liaising and communicating with Senior Team, Trustees, Superintendents, Principals, Managers and staff; liaising with Project Sponsors, Co-Leads and Committee group members that are assigned to the implementation of the Directives and facilitating ongoing meetings with Directive subcommittees, and influencing stakeholders to take positive action and accountability for their assigned work. You'll also monitor the progress of the Directives through an implementation and monitoring plan; identify and resolve issues and conflicts within the project team, and identify and challenge bias, barriers and discrimination embedded in policies, procedures, programs, and services.

Additionally, you'll respond to and/or resolve inquiries from public and staff; communicate and report with the Coordinating Principal and Superintendent of System Transformation and Capacity Building, and liaise with the Communications Team and LTSS to support communication updates internally and to external communication to partners, public and Ministry staff. Providing regular updates and coordinating appropriate follow-up, you'll liaise with other public and private sector organizations to build partnerships; research and share best practices; estimate the resources and participants needed to achieve project goals, and conduct project post mortems and create a recommendations report in order to identify successful and unsuccessful project element as you develop best practices and tools for project execution and management.


As a Project Manager, System Transformation and Capacity Building, you'll take advantage of your degree or diploma in business or other relevant field, your mandatory Project Management Professional certification or equivalent, and your minimum of three (3) to five (5) years' direct work experience in a project management capacity including all aspects of process development and execution. The following mandatory credentials, skills and knowledge will boost your success in this role:

  • Demonstrated ability in implementing anti-racism, anti-oppression, and equitable practices to reduce disparities and disproportionate outcomes to improve student achievement.
  • Demonstrated ability in leading and establishing a shared ownership of equity, anti-racism, anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism and anti-oppression issues and the dismantling of systemic inequities.
  • Advanced skills with Microsoft Word, Excel, Visio, Project, Access, PowerPoint, and SharePoint.
  • Strategic project management experience in planning, implementation, evaluation, risk assessment, reporting, and implementation in a school board or public sector.
  • Experience demonstrating knowledge of standards, techniques, methodologies, best practices, and project management tools.
  • Effective planning, reporting and analysis skills required to systematically document and create useful tools and resources that enable effective decision making using anti-oppressive approaches/ frameworks.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize, follow up, and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment to ensure results.
  • Ability to prioritize shifting priorities, demands and schedules during times of change through analytical and problem-solving capabilities.
  • Excellent collaboration, group facilitation, decision-making, problem-solving, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to build trusting relationships and elicit cooperation from a broad spectrum of stakeholders.
  • Ability to synthesize information, navigate uncertain and complex situations.
  • Ability to participate and present to committees and meetings including Board, Senior Team, and standing and advisory committees as required.
  • Ability to liaise with the Ministry of Education, community organizations, school boards, and the public.
  • Excellent technical, presentation and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion, anti-racism, anti-oppression and working in a diverse school community and/or work environment.

Salary Range: $83,359 to $104,197 Per Year

Duties to commence as soon as possible.

PDSB strongly encourages applicants from diverse communities and expanded geographical areas to apply. Work location for this position may be an office or telecommute with opportunities to work remotely or flexible hours within the business requirement.

To apply for the position of Project Manager, System Transformation and Capacity Building, please complete an online application through Apply To Education . Your completed application package on Apply to Education must include your cover letter, resume and supporting educational credentials. Applications must be received no later than 4:30 p.m., on Thursday, December 2, 2021.

Commitment to Equity, Anti-Oppression and Anti-racism

The Peel District School Board is committed to equity in employment. We are committed to equitable hiring practices that allow us to hire qualified staff who reflect the full diversity of the Region of Peel. We will provide reasonable accommodation (e.g., an accessible location, rescheduling of interviews that fall on Days of Significance, etc.) based on any of the human rights protected grounds, during the hiring process if advised in advance.

We are also committed to inclusion, anti-oppression and anti-racist practices while also supporting the continuous growth and development of an equitable and empowered education system at the PDSB.

Criminal Background Check

Successful candidates must provide a satisfactory Criminal Background Check prior to commencing employment. Please review the requirements at the CRC


Recruitment Process

We appreciate the interest of all applicants, but will only be contacting candidates whose skills, experience and qualifications best meet the requirements of the position. When contacted, candidates will be provided with an overview of the various elements of the selection process; such as, test and skill demonstrations. All communication to applicants regarding this job posting, including an invitation to complete skills assessments and/or a job interview if applicable, will be made through email. Candidates are encouraged to regularly check their email as listed on their account.

Preference will be given to qualified members of the Administrative Staff Group (ASG). network